This year I have started shooting HDR images on the trails, personally I am really intrigued by this method, and I actually like the outcome of the photo’s.
For everyone that has never heard of HDR photography, just google it for plenty of info, but in short it means the following..
In image processing, computer graphics, and photography, high dynamic range imaging (HDRI or just HDR) is a set of techniques that allow a greater dynamic range of luminances between the lightest and darkest areas of an image than standard digital imaging techniques or photographic methods. This wider dynamic range allows HDR images to more accurately represent the wide range of intensity levels found in real scenes, ranging from direct sunlight to faint starlight.
The two main sources of HDR imagery are computer renderings and merging of multiple photographs, which in turn are known as low dynamic range (LDR) (also called standard dynamic range (SDR)) photographs.
Tone mapping techniques, which reduce overall contrast to facilitate display of HDR images on devices with lower dynamic range, can be applied to produce images with preserved or exaggerated local contrast for artistic effect.
I am still new to this technique and am still learning the hard way, but at least I am having fun doing it..
For lots more Mountain Biking in HDR take a look at my MTB HDR Gallery : www.mtb-trails.com and also my MTB HDR Flickr account : www.flickr.com/photos/rip3d/ ALL photos taken by me on the trails I ride.